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A poem in six cantos by Sir W. Scott, published 1813. The scene is laid chiefly at Rokeby, near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire, immediately after the battle of Marston Moor (1644). The complicated plot involves conspiracy, attempted murder, and disguise: young Redmond O'Neale, who has helped to frustrate an attack on Rokeby Castle, is finally revealed as the lost son of Philip of Mortham, and marries Matilda, daughter of Lord Rokeby. The poem contains the songs ‘A weary lot is thine, fair maid’, ‘Allan‐a‐Dale’, and ‘Brignal Banks’.

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Sir Walter Scott (1771—1832) poet and novelist

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